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Fashion Has Found An Alternative to Doomscrolling

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Fashion Has Found An Alternative to Doomscrolling

Wearing (and making) handcrafted looks is helping us find solace away from screens.

where the house’s artisan partners showcase their extraordinary talents, but the brand has doubled down on craftsmanship lately. This summer, it’s scheduled to open a new multistory space, Le 19M, that will bring together 11 Métiers d’art, comprising about 600 artisans—allowing Chanel closer contact whenever it requires their expertise.

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Harry Styles in the TikTok-viral JW Anderson cardigan.NATHAN CONGLETON/NBC/GETTY IMAGESSlowing down has given us “an opportunity to reconnect with the little things,” says Carlotta Oddi, founder and creative director of Alanui, the Italian luxury knitwear brand. “We’ve been able to direct our attention to details. Something that in a normal busy lifestyle, most of us cannot do.” This season, she dreamed up embroideries from India, crochet cardigans and shirts, and handmade raffia bags and AirPod cases. “The hand is so important to me,” she says. “It is what gives a soul to our pieces.”

Backstage at Fendi spring 2021.Adam Katz Sinding/FendiAs it turns out, fashion-conscious women are flocking to the soulful qualities of craft with as much enthusiasm as the knitters on TikTok, and are seemingly just as content to buy as to DIY. Natalie Kingham, the fashion and buying director at MatchesFashion, rattles off best-sellers: Gabriela Hearst’s hand-knit cashmere; Bode’s patchwork jackets; Marques’ Almeida’s homemade repurposed fabrics; Vita Kin’s headtopics.com

vyshyvankas, or traditional embroidered shirts, from her native Ukraine; and Lauren Manoogian’s homey knits. “Handcrafted pieces have a sense of individuality,” Kingham says, “and the connection to something that is lovingly made feels personal, which is more important now than ever.” Roopal Patel, fashion director at Saks Fifth Avenue, notes that with stay-at-home recommendations in effect late into last year, “it’s no wonder that designers returned to crafts and techniques that originated from doing just that—staying at home. There’s something nostalgic and comforting about handmade items, which is what makes them so appealing to customers in our current environment.” Patel is particularly drawn to Hearst’s crochet gowns and Brunello Cucinelli’s knits, with their handmade touches.

Alanui spring 2021.Courtesy of the designer.The tactile feeling of a lush, hand-knit sweater or an embroidered top provides a bit of comfort in an increasingly unpredictable and progressively digital world, where even socializing takes place onscreen. Sitting down with a pair of knitting needles and fluffy merino yarn sparks a deeper connection than mindless scrolling ever could.

This article appears in the March 2021 issue of ELLE.Contributing EditorKristen Bateman is a contributing editor at Harper’s Bazaar.This content is created and maintained by a third party, and imported onto this page to help users provide their email addresses. You may be able to find more information about this and similar content at piano.io

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